Inger Munch: In the summer of 1929 my brother, Edvard Munch suggested that I’d take some pictures of the different houses we had lived in at "Grünerløkka". I did so, and went up to "Brekke" and "Kjelsås" farm where we lived during the summer of 1875 and 76. While doing this I got the idea of taking pictures along the whole of the "Akerselva", from where it starts to where it runs in to the Oslo fjord. As my brother spent some years of his youth in no 7 "Fossveien" some of his earliest paintings are from this part of Oslo.
The two pictures above is the first and last of the pictures Inger Munch took that summer. You can see the rest of the 68 picture HERE Ted
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Akerselva, or Akerselven, is a river which flows through Oslo. It starts at Maridalsvannet in Oslomarka, and follows the urban areas Nordre Aker, Sagene, Grünerløkka, Oslo centre and Grønland, whereby it finally ends at Paulsenkaien and Oset in Bjørvika. The river is considered to be a part of the Nordmarkvassdraget, and has the watercourse number 006.Z. The entire river is about 8.2 kilometres long, and has a difference in altitude of approximately 149 meters.
Akerselven is “Oslo’s green lung”; many parks and nature trails are to be found by its path, from Grønland to Maridalsvannet. A walk along Akerselven from the rural Frysja down through the different parts of Oslo all the way down to the city centre is an amazing experience and a walk through the history of Oslo. Salmon run and spawn in the upper part of the river.
A series hastily taken with my mobile phone on the way to a meeting to day
It doesn’t run wide and serene like the Thames or the Seine, but it gave power to the rise of the industrial revolution and helped making Oslo part of the modern Europe. The river has 11 large waterfalls like “Våghalsen” on the pictures above and several stretches of wild white-water.
When the snow melts in the woodlands north of Oslo as it does now the waterfalls are magnificent sights and there has never been a spring the last thirty years that I haven’t walked the entire stretch from Maridalsvannet to Grønland loving every step of the way. Few capitols in the world has got a river like this and I for one love it – Ted
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